Second Chances

Second chances come more easily in some cases than in others. When a 3,500-year old bald cypress tree near Longwood, Florida known as “The Senator” burned in 2012, local residents could not have imagined that any such second chance was in store for their beloved landmark. Thanks to the determination of the local community and a little luck, however, the outcome was nothing short of miraculous.

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Seminole County’s 100th

2013 marks the 100 year anniversary of the founding of Seminole County. On April 25, 1913, Seminole County was carved out of Orange County. Enjoy a few of our favorite images of Seminole County’s people, places and events.

Drawing of Fort Mellon on Lake Monroe (ca. 1837)

Drawing of Fort Mellon on Lake Monroe (ca. 1837)

Altamonte Hotel, Altamonte Springs (1880s)

Altamonte Hotel, Altamonte Springs (1880s)

Sanford Waterfront (1882)

Sanford Waterfront (1882)

Waiting for the train, Altamonte Springs (ca. 1885)

Waiting for the train, Altamonte Springs (ca. 1885)

Hotel Sanford (1886)

Hotel Sanford (1886)

Steamboats on Lake Monroe (ca. 1886)

Steamboats on Lake Monroe (ca. 1886)

Cassava seedbeds, Lake Mary (early 1900s)

Cassava seedbeds, Lake Mary (early 1900s)

Main Street in Oviedo (ca. 1900)

Main Street in Oviedo (ca. 1900)

Sanford telephone exchange (1910s)

Sanford telephone exchange (1910s)

Automobile transported by ferry on Lake Monroe (February 14, 1912)

Automobile transported by ferry on Lake Monroe (February 14, 1912)

Sanford Machine and Garage Company (1917)

Sanford Machine and Garage Company (1917)

The Senator, near Longwood (1920s)

The Senator, near Longwood (1920s)

Jewish women’s club outside the Celery City Tea Room in Sanford (1933)

Jewish women’s club outside the Celery City Tea Room in Sanford (1933)

Dedication of Lake Monroe Bridge (April 6, 1934)

Dedication of Lake Monroe Bridge (April 6, 1934)

Celery harvest near Sanford (1937)

Seminole County Courthouse (1940s)

Seminole County Courthouse (1940s)

Sanlando Springs (1946)

Sanlando Springs (1946)

Band shell on Lake Monroe (1949)

Band shell on Lake Monroe (1949)

Members of the New York Giants and the Sanford girls team warming up (April 1950)

Members of the New York Giants and the Sanford girls team warming up (April 1950)

Beulah Conley operating a toroid coil winding machine in Casselberry (January 1958)

Beulah Conley operating a toroid coil winding machine in Casselberry (January 1958)

Larry Aubrey on the St. Johns River near Sanford (February 1960)

Larry Aubrey on the St. Johns River near Sanford (February 1960)

Barbara Muller of Lake Mary performing at the Florida Folk Festival (1976)

Barbara Muller of Lake Mary performing at the Florida Folk Festival (1976)